If you’re not a bicyclist, you’ve probably noticed quite a few of your peers mounting up and heading out for a spin around campus. With the spring weather in full effect, now is the best time to see if biking is the activity for you! You can do just that in a stress-free environment at the Pedal Collective Fun Ride from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28 on the Fairfax campus. The 10-mile route will begin at North Plaza and end at Brion’s Grille with a happy-hour.

Joe Paisley, a senior communication major and organizer of the Fun Ride, has devoted most of his free time to his passion for bicycling. After becoming a member of the campus bicycling club, he paved the way for the Fun Ride in order to encourage others to bike. Even if you’ve never been on a bike before, Paisley encourages everyone to consider the advantages of the activity.

“It’s more than exercising to me,” Paisley said. “It’s a social thing. There’s a whole culture to it.”

Bicycling is a good way to meet up with a group of people and get some exercise while enjoying the spring weather, pollen notwithstanding. Whether you’re biking leisurely around campus or taking a longer ride around Fairfax, Paisley explained that it’s just about getting on a bike and enjoying the downtime.

“The event is tailored to anyone who just wants to ride a bike,” Paisley said.

Everyone is welcome to come whether you’re a “bike nut” or just looking for something fun to do this weekend, provided you’re not bogged down from the end of the semester. The Fun Ride is a great way to get outside and ride with a group of people you might not meet otherwise, or you can try your hand at riding around campus instead of walking or driving.

Biking is a great alternative to a typical gym workout. Not only will you be outdoors soaking up the sunlight, but you will also reduce your carbon emissions. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been riding for years or if you’re just looking for something more interesting to do than hanging out on Facebook in your dorm. Paisley is the perfect example of someone who was interested and learned more about the activity. If you’re interested in biking, be sure to come out Saturday afternoon.

Participants can register for the Fun Ride at freewebstore.org/The-Pedal-Collective/-Pedal_Collective_Fun_Ride_and_Happy_Hour/ or at the event on Saturday.